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Conference Highlights


Tick-Borne Diseases and Mental Health

A one day course for medical professionals

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Westin Hotel San Francisco Airport

This course for medical professionals took place on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the San Francisco Airport Westin in Millbrae, California. The  theme of the meeting was Tick-Borne Diseases and Mental Health. This one day Mental Health Basics course presented multiple theories, diagnostic methods, medication and treatment interventions that are used to alleviate the neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological impacts on those suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne-illnesses.

Conference Agenda

Saturday, September 7, 2019

8:00 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Linda L. Williams, M.D.
Analyzing and Treating Diagnosed and Non-diagnosed Lyme/TBD patients

10:00 am - 11:00 am

 Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D
Neuropsychology Evaluation and Lyme/TBD

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 Bernard D. Raxlen, M.D.
Psycho-therapeutic Approaches for Lyme/TBD patients

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Question and Answer Period with Faculty 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Jyotsna Shah, PhD
Lunch with Speaker

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Linda  L. Williams, M.D.
Effective Medication and Psychiatric treatment  - clinical cases

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Bernard D. Raxlen, M.D. 
Analysis and Understanding of Mental Health Challenges -clinical case/video studies

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Leo J. Shea III , Ph.D.
Treatment Recommendations based on Neuropsychological Evaluation

4:30 pm  - 5:00 pm

Question and Answer Period with Faculty

San Francisco 2019 Meeting - Faculty

Photo of Bernard D. Raxlen, MD

Bernard D. Raxlen, MD

  • Psycho-therapeutic Approaches for Lyme/TBD patients
  • Analysis and Understanding of Mental Health Challenges -clinical case/video studies

Dr. Bernard D. Raxlen is one of the original founding members of ILADS and past secretary of the board of directors. He is currently chairman of the Ethic's Committee for ILADS. He has been in private practice in the specialty TBD for the past 30 years. He maintains a multi-disciplinary approach combining psychiatry and integrative medicine treating all aspects of the disease. His practice is located in NYC.

Leo J. Shea III, PhD

Leo J. Shea III, PhD

  • Neuropsychology Evaluation and Lyme/TBD
  • Treatment Recommendations based on Neuropsychological Evaluation

Dr. Shea is Clinical Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Rusk Institute, a division of New York University Langone Health, where he is also a senior psychologist and co-director of the Family Therapy Training Program. Dr. Shea is President of Neuropsychological Evaluation and Treatment Services, with offices in New York City and Quincy, Massachusetts. His practice focuses on injuries and illnesses of the central nervous system, tick-borne diseases, forensic and medico-legal matters. Treatment modalities include individual cognitive remediation and psychotherapy, family and spousal therapy and executive life coaching. He was formally the Chairman Emeritus of the National Research Fund for Tick-Borne Diseases, Inc. which funded scientific research at major medical and academic institutions. Dr. Shea is currently the President of ILADS and is Immediate Past President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation (ILADEF).

Linda L. Williams, MD

Linda L. Williams, MD

  • Analyzing and Treating Diagnosed and Non-diagnosed Lyme/TBD patients
  • Effective Medication and Psychiatric treatment - clinical cases

Dr. Linda Williams is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Williams is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, world renowned since 1850 for training women in medicine. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Washington State University in Cell and Molecular Biology. Dr. Williams earned a position at the University of Washington Graduate School in Zoology where she studied Neuromodulators in invertebrates. Dr. Williams completed her internship and residency at Oregon Health and Science University and went on to do a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is currently a Psychiatrist in private practice in the Seattle area, seeing children and adults with complex illness. She has been treating the neuropsychiatric manifestations of tick-borne disease since 2004, and is a repeat speaker at ILADS Annual Meeting. Dr. Williams serves on the Board of Directors for The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society and is the Chairperson of the Membership Committee.